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Mark Hatch, CEO and co-founder of TechShop, is a former Green Beret, an innovation revolutionary and a leader in the Maker Movement. He has held executive positions focused on innovation, disruptive technology and entrepreneurship at large and small firms including Avery Dennison, Kinko's and Health Net.
The San Francisco Business Times presented Mark a "Bay Area's Most Admired CEO Award" and Fast Company has recognized him in their "Who's Next" column. TechShop also won the EXPY Award, given to the "experience stager of the year." His book, The Maker Movement Manifesto, came out in September of 2013.
Mark is a recognized leader in the global maker movement and is a sought after speaker and consultant on innovation, advanced manufacturing and leadership. He has spoken to groups from GE, Ford, P&G, ExxonMobile, Kraft, and many other Fortune 500 firms. He has presented at events and universities like TEDx, The Clinton Global Initiative, the Council on Foreign Relations, Singularity U, UC Berkeley, and Harvard.
Mark has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, Bloomberg, CNN and Fox among others. He has also been quoted in numerous prominent magazines and newspapers like Bloomberg Business, FastCompany, Inc, Forbes, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The LA Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and he has published a number of articles including an opinion piece for the Washington Post.
Mark holds an M.B.A. from the Drucker Center at the Claremont Graduate University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Irvine.
Through TechShop, Mark is focused on radically democratizing access to the tools of innovation by providing the lowest cost access to tools the world has ever seen. TechShop is crushing barriers to innovation and building new and exciting pathways for the creative class to do what it does best. Create. With six locations open and 100's planned over the next decade, TechShop is already reshaping how the world does innovation and manufacturing.
Mark likens TechShop to Kinko's 3D. Kinko's was the largest public access computer and quick print platform in the world. TechShop is already the largest public access tools and computer enabled manufacturing platform in the world.
With partners like Autodesk, Ford, GE, BMW, Arizona State University and Lowe's along with governmental agencies like DARPA (for advanced manufacturing) and the Veterans Administration (for Veteran's training) TechShop has already begun to significantly impact the economic development opportunities in every community it is built. Six companies, of the 100's) that have launched out of TechShop have already begun to change the world.
Inc Magazine awarded TechShop with the Inc 500/5000 private company award (#565) and named TechShop as the #37th fastest growing private retail company, and the #34th growing private company in the entire bay area.